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California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Attorney

California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Lawyer

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, known as the BBS, licenses thousands of licensees in the State of California. Most California Licensees have minimal or no contact with the enforcement arm of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For Licensees who become part of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences disciplinary process, the consequences are profound. The BBS License disciplinary process is complex, procedural and time consuming. Licensees facing the California Board of Behavioral Sciences disciplinary process should seek legal representation from an experienced California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Attorney.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences issues the following types of licenses:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Marriage and Family Therapist

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Investigation Defense Lawyer

The majority of California Board of Behavioral Sciences investigations begin with the filing of a consumer Complaint. However, California Board of Behavioral Sciences Investigations also occur through sting operations, criminal conviction referrals and criminal investigations. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences utilizes non sworn civilian investigators to conduct non criminal investigations. The California Department of Consumer Affairs employs sworn Peace Officer Investigators to conduct criminal investigations against Licensees. These employees investigate criminal and administrative law violations. Administrative Law Due Process Rights differ substantially from the Due Process Rights accorded in criminal law.

It is important to have an attorney that understands the California Board of Behavioral Sciences disciplinary process. At the conclusion of a California Board of Behavioral Sciences investigation, the Board has several options. The Board can choose to close the Complaint. The Board can choose to issue a Citation. The Board can also choose to refer the matter to the California Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office will determine whether cause exists to file a formal disciplinary Accusation. In cases involving criminal conduct, the Board may refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution. If you are a licensee facing a California Board of Behavioral Sciences investigation, contact a California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Attorney for representation.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Accusation Defense Attorney

A formal Accusation served on a California BBS licensee serves as notice to a licensee that the Board intends to revoke the license. The licensee, now called the Respondent, has only 15 days from the date that the Accusation was served (not received, but served) to file a Notice of Defense. The failure to file a Notice of Defense results in a Default against the licensee. A Default will result in the immediate Revocation of the license.

An Accusation is a serious matter that can result in the suspension or revocation of a BBS License in California. In many cases, it is possible for Licensees to reach a Stipulated Agreement with the Attorney General’s Office and California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A Stipulated Agreement is a formal term for a settlement agreement. If a Stipulated Agreement cannot be reached, the parties will proceed to a formal Hearing before the California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). Licensees facing a California Board of Behavioral Sciences Accusation should contact an experienced California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Attorney for representation.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Hearing Attorney

The California Office of Administrative Hearings, also known as OAH, maintains several Court Hearing locations. These Court locations are in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego. In some instances, Hearings may be held offsite in Bakersfield, Fresno, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Jose or Ventura. The Administrative Law Hearing is a formal Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

The Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, will issue a written Proposed Decision approximately 30 days after the Hearing. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences can adopt, modify or reject the ALJ’s Proposed Decision. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences action is called the Final Decision and Order. There are two main rights of Appeal of a Final Decision and Order. California Government Code § 11521 allows a licensee to file a Petition for Reconsideration prior to the effective date of the Final Decision and Order. Pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 1094.5, the licensee can also file a Petition for Writ of Mandamus in Superior Court. A Writ must be filed within 30 days of the effective date of the Final Decision and Order. California Licensees facing a California Board of Behavioral Sciences Administrative Law Hearing need effective representation from a California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Lawyer.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences License and Criminal Convictions

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences can discipline Licensees for criminal convictions. California Board of Behavioral Sciences discipline occurs for criminal convictions that are substantially related to the duties, functions and qualifications of a licensee. Common criminal offenses that can cause BBS License discipline are:

  • Altering or Forging a Prescription
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • Battery
  • Brandishing a Firearm
  • Burglary
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Endangerment
  • Diverting a Controlled Substance
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI
  • Elder Abuse
  • False Imprisonment
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Hit & Run
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Public Intoxication
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Robbery
  • Sex Offenses
  • Theft
  • Trespass
  • Vandalism
  • Vehicular Manslaughter

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences and other law enforcement agencies also investigate criminal conduct by Licensees in the course and scope of their practice. Criminal investigations often involve Licensees engaged in Unlawful Practice of Medicine and Unlawful Representation as a Physician. In serious criminal cases against Licensees pending in Criminal Court, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and the California Attorney General’s Office may seek a California Penal Code § 23 Order against the licensee. A California Penal Code § 23 Order seeks to suspend a BBS License in Criminal Court.

Licensees facing criminal charges and Licensees who are convicted of criminal offenses need an experienced California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Attorney for representation in disciplinary proceedings before the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Statement of Issues Attorney

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences thoroughly investigates all applicants for BBS Licenses. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences may deny a license to students and licensees from other states and countries. Most California Board of Behavioral Sciences denials occur due to criminal convictions, financial problems or misstatements on the license application. Statement of Issues Hearings and Accusation Hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings maintain a similar procedure. However, in a Statement of Issues Hearing, the applicant bears the burden of proof. Individuals denied a BBS License should contact a California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Denial Lawyer for representation in a California Board of Behavioral Sciences Statement of Issues Hearing.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Petition for Reinstatement Lawyer

A Petition for Reinstatement allows Licensees who have received a BBS License Revocation to reinstate their License. The Petition for Reinstatement must show by clear and convincing evidence the factual and legal reasons to warrant the License Reinstatement. Rehabilitation from past misconduct is the primary factor in a Petition for Reinstatement before the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A successful Petition for Reinstatement requires representation by an experienced California Board of Behavioral Sciences License Defense Attorney.